From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 25, 1912:
- "A new clean-up ordinance for Lawrence is the note which was sounded today when City Attorney J. H. Mitchell agreed to draw up an ordinance to replace the one which has hitherto been in force in the city. The old ordinance has been found to be ineffective in that it merely covers the removal of decayed flesh and vegetable matter. This leaves a wide class of rubbish, such as tin cans, ash heaps, old boxes, and dirty papers which police are powerless to have cleaned up.... In speaking of the ordinance Mrs. George J. Barker hoped that it would be made to cover tin cans which she declared were highly unsanitary. 'No housekeeper washes tin cans before throwing them out and they are a fine breeding place for flies this hot weather,' said Mrs. Barker."
- "Doubtless many who attend the Play Festival in South Park this afternoon will be surprised at the attractive improvements that have recently been made there. Most noticeable perhaps is the fine cement walk which joins Massachusetts and Kentucky streets, following the line of Hancock street. The trees have been neatly trimmed and the flower beds laid out. The triangular plot at the base of Hancock street is particularly attractive with its bed of gay geraniums and its prim white fence."
- "A very rare specimen of the deep-sea, man-eating crab has been received at the University. Mr. Walter Coffin of Cleveland, Ohio, secured a crab in Japan and sent it to the museum here. When mounted it measures ten feet across."